Parkside Hosts Addiction Medicine Expert David R. Gastfriend, M.D.

(Tulsa, OK) Parkside Psychiatric Hospital & Clinic (Parkside) will host David R. Gastfriend, M.D., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 10 for professional education centered on addiction medicine. The event, which will take place in the Perkins Auditorium at the OU Schusterman Center, is now open for registration. Cost is $89 before March 1 and provides six continuing education units for mental health professionals.

Dr. Gastfriend’s presentation is titled “Addiction Treatment in the Age of Science, Healthcare Reform and Epidemics.” Addiction treatment can draw on a considerable body of evidence in the age of science, and healthcare reform offers new opportunities for coverage and longitudinal care. The biggest challenge in the era of a national drug epidemic is implementation of these behavioral treatments and pharmacotherapies. This workshop will review the leading approaches, clinical guidelines, new technologies, and paths to adoption. The opportunity now exists to achieve high levels of long-term success in addiction treatment, thereby demonstrating that patients and families can expect results similar to what is found elsewhere in modern healthcare, and thereby finally overcoming our long-term societal stigma.

Dr. Gastfriend is Scientific Advisor at the Treatment Research Institute. He directed addiction research at Massachusetts General Hospital and was an investigator on studies with the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. As Vice President at Alkermes, Inc., he directed publications on Vivitrol research. His American Society of Addiction Medicine Criteria research contributed to their endorsement by most U.S. states and the Departments of Veterans Affairs. He has produced 150 scientific publications.

Parkside, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit, mental and behavioral healthcare provider offering inpatient and outpatient care to those in need across Eastern Oklahoma. More information and conference registration is available at www.parksideinc.org.